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Suspect in Denver New Year's Day murder turns himself in, held on murder charge

Posted at 2:30 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 16:30:42-05

DENVER – The suspect in the New Year’s Day killing of a 15-year-old boy outside a Denver 7-Eleven store turned himself in to police Thursday afternoon.

Elijah Israel Martinez, 18, was arrested after he turned himself in to police around 12:30 p.m. A spokesperson for the Denver Police Department said he was being held for investigation of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Police and Crime Stoppers put out a wanted bulletin for Martinez on Wednesday.

Martinez is accused of killing Wayli Alvarado-Gonzalez, 15, outside the 7-Eleven near W. Jewell Ave. and S. Sheridan Blvd just after midnight on New Year’s Day. The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner said Alvarado-Gonzalez died of “sharp force injuries,” indicating he was stabbed or cut.

Police have released few other details about the incident other than that officers were called to the scene on an assault report. Police said Thursday the probable cause statement in the case is sealed and an updated booking photo for Martinez was unavailable on Thursday afternoon.